Whitehouse Independent School District

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Student Service Design

KINDERGARTEN 
  • Students who are identified in spring are served in a pull-out class for ½ day per week on or before March 1.
 
FIRST – FIFTH GRADES 
  • Identified students receive year-long services through a pull-out program at least ½ day per week. 
  • Research projects, products, and technology requirements differentiate this program from the regular instructional program. 
  • Students will be clustered into classrooms to increase time for collaboration with peers. 
  • Students are responsible for regular class content missed while attending the GT pull-out class, but are not required to make up classwork that occurs during the pull-out time.
 
Grades 6-10
  • Gifted/talented students are served through Pre-AP level courses in the four core academic areas. Academic acceleration and enrichment distinguish this program from the regular program of study.
 
Grades 11 and 12 
  • Gifted/talented students are encouraged to accept the challenge of Advanced Placement (AP) studies and Dual enrollment college courses. They are also urged to complete the Distinguished Scholar Program of Studies.

 

FURLOUGHS, EXIT, RE-ENTRY, and TRANSFERS

 
FURLOUGH 
  • Furlough (leave of absence) may be requested by parent, teacher, student, or counselor. 
  • Furlough will be reviewed by the Campus Selection Committee and a recommendation made. 
  • The purpose of Furlough is to allow the student to meet academic, behavioral, or other goals. 
  • State policy prohibits furlough for longer than one consecutive year.
 
 
EXIT
  • A student in the Gifted and Talented Program may be exited due to his/her nonperformance in the program or at the request of the parent. 
    • Step 1: Student/Parent is notified. 
    • Step 2: Conference is held with parent and student. 
    • Step 3: Dismissal will be requested by G/T committee with parent and student notification.
 
RE-ENTRY 
  • If a student has been exited by the school through the exit procedure as outlined above, he/she may re-enter through the nomination process and re-qualify, no earlier than the beginning of the next school year and only after he/she has been out of the program for at least one complete semester. In some cases, this will mean that a student will reenter the program at the beginning of the second semester of the following year. 
  • If a student decides to exit himself/herself from the Gifted and Talented Program, he may reenter the program through nomination, no earlier than the beginning of the next school year by requalifying in the Identification Process.
 
TRANSFERS
Transfer students identified as gifted in their previously accredited public school district will be reviewed, assessed, and appropriately placed based on their documentation by the GT coordinator and campus committee. The determination will be made within 30 days of the student's enrollment in the district and will be based on transfer records and observations if necessary.  Additional testing may be provided to determine the best placement for the student.